Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition will be released as a boxed product for consoles, Namco Bandai has announced. Launched (and modded!) this week on PC, the Prepare to Die Edition features all of the original Dark Souls content along with a new expansion called "Artorias of the Abyss" and brand new PVP matchmaking. This new console edition will launch in Europe and Australasia on October 26. For those who already own Dark Souls on console, the new content is slated for a downloadable release as well.

We've contacted Namco Bandai to see if the retail edition is headed to North America as well.

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DARK SOULSTM: PREPARE TO DIETM EDITION ON PC NOW AVAILABLE ACROSS EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA

- The Critically Acclaimed Action-RPG Coming to PC gamers today -

CERGY PONTOISE, FRANCE – 24 August 2012 - NAMCO BANDAI Games Europe today announced that Dark Souls TM : Prepare to Die™ Edition on PCis now available at retailers and through Steam and Games For Windows Marketplace across Europe and Australasia. This special, content-enhanced edition of the critically acclaimed Action-RPG developed by FromSoftware will be finely-tuned to cater to the PC gaming audience while retaining all of the deep challenge, rich atmosphere, and compelling gameplay that made the game a worldwide phenomenon. Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition on the PC platform will also include an enhanced PVP mode allowing players to more closely assemble battles against one another online in an all-out fight to the death that fans have demanded . The day one edition willinclude a stunning art book featuring art from the new Artorias of the Abyss game content, the original soundtrack CD, a DVD containing the complete behind the scenes video series, poster and postcards.

Dark Souls TM : Prepare to Die™ Edition will include sprawling new maps and environments; new boss characters, enemies and non-playable characters; an arsenal of new weapons and armour; and additional challenging content for stalwart heroes to face as they return to the deadly world of Lordran. Players will also experience an as yet untold chapter in Dark Souls lore set in the dying kingdom of magic known as Oolacile. Unwillingly taken by the abyss and sent back in time, the player becomes the only one who can save Oolacile from the spreading darkness that threatens to engulf the kingdom and all of its people.Aseparate retail edition of the Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition including Dark Souls™ original game and the new in game content will be coming to Xbox 360® and PlayStation®3 on October 26th.

With tense dungeon crawling and fearsome enemy encounters, the seamlessly intertwined world of Dark SoulsTM is full of extreme battles, rewarding challenges, nuanced weaponry and magic, and the flexibility to customize each character to suit any desired play style. The innovative online component allows gamers to draw from the collective experience of the Dark Souls community as they either help or sabotage each other on the journey through the world of Lordran to save the land from darkness. With a massive, seamless open world design, Dark souls encourages deep exploration and an adaptable gameplay experience.

Dark Souls TM : Prepare to Die™ Edition on PC is available throughout Europe and Australasia today. Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition will be available for Xbox 360® and PlayStation®3 in Europe and Australasia on October 26th. For more information on the game please visit www.facebook.com/DarkSouls, www.PrepareToDie.com.

Dark Souls: Prepare to Die Edition on PC is the first game published by Namco Bandai Games Europe that will include game registration. This brand new feature will enable users to collect loyalty points when they register their game on www.namcobandaigames.eu/register, these collected points will be redeemable against downloadable contents or rare and exclusive items in the VIP Corner (www.uk.namcobandaigames.eu/vipcorner) for free .

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This article was originally published on Joystiq.